Friday, September 7, 2007

The Pope's Toilet

A very funny comedy from Uruguay which also looks at the plight of people in Uruguay who live on the border with Brazil ... and the people who smuggle goods into the country from Brazil.

Most of the cast was amateur and it shows in some scenes, but they are very earnest and none can be accused of looking like Hollywood actors.

The story is based on a true event, a visit by "the travelling pope" to this small border town. Everyone figures they'll make a fortune on the busloads of tourists that will be coming from Brazil. They each come up with original ways of making money.

Very sympathetic. A real film festival film.

Directors: Enrique Fernández, César Charlone
Country: Uruguay/Brazil/France
Year: 2007
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 97 minutes
Principal Cast: César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez, Mario Silva, Nelson Lence, Virginia Ruíz